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Egyptian appeals court issues 3 month suspended sentence to rights lawyer Khaled Ali

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Wednesday 19 Sep 2018
Khaled Ali
File Photo: Khaled Ali at a press conference in the Constitution Party in late 2017 (Reuters)
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A Giza misdemeanour appeals court handed on Wednesday a three month suspended sentence to Khaled Ali, the prominent labour rights lawyer and the 2012 presidential candidate, for offending public decency in an incident that dates back to 2017.

According to Egyptian law, Ali has the right to appeal Wednesday's court decision. 

In September 2017, a misdemeanour court had sentenced Ali to three months in prison in the case and ordered a bail of  EGP 1000 on charges of ofending public decency by making the middle-finger gesture outside of the State Council headquarters in January 2017. 

The incident that led to Ali's conviction occurred as a crowd gathered to celebrate a successful court ruling won by Ali against the April 2016 Egypt-Saudi border demarcation agreement that placed the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir within Saudia Arabian territory.

Ali appealed the court ruling.

The case against Ali was filed by lawyer Samir Sabry.

Ali spearheaded the legal challenge to the Egypt-Saudi maritime border demarcation agreement, claiming that the two Red Sea islands were Egyptian territory and could not be transferred to Saudi Arabia by way of such an agreement.

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